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my mama told me to pick the very best one..

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I like to think I'm 'the boss' when it comes to getting decisions made - quick and painless is the name of the game - but when purchasing items not on sale or making BIG renovation decisions, I suffer from momentary indecisiveness. The thought of picking paint colours for Casa Knol is causing me great anxiety, so I'm sharing the burden with you.

Keeping our existing furniture, already bought flooring and my desire to paint the doors charcoal or black in mind, I narrowed our main floor colour options down to 5. This wall hue will continue into the existing house so it's a BIG decision, hence your involvement.


Here are my pints of PARA Paint up close and personal (next to our choice flooring)...
HELP me choose!

1.  Pina Colada (P5242-24)
2.  Soaker Tub (P5223-24)
3.  Fan Light Grey (P2103-04)
4.  Comfortable Chinos (P5223-34)
5.  Winter Saint Sauveur (P2727-04)
So what's your pick gang? Instagram has already weighed in with a definite front runner.

5 years of Santa snuggles.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


With free shipping and free returns, there's little reason to brave the malls anymore, except in December when the Village Green Shopping Centre magically transforms into Santa's hangout. It wouldn't be Christmas without a cuddle from the big guy, so off we went...

5 years of sitting on the same lap... where has the time gone?!
A clock radio is top on Saige's wish list (random) and Gabe is asking for a fire truck (of course he wants a noise maker on wheels).

What is Santa bringing you and your littles? I'm not asking for much, just a finished house and a pretty office space ;)

Wishing you ALL a very Merry Christmas! and thanks for putting up with my crazy the last 365 days, mwah!



be back in three.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


I have an unhealthy infatuation with social media. At last count I had 4 email accounts, 3 Facebook accounts, 2 Pinterest accounts, 2 Twitter accounts, 1 Instagram account and soon-to-be 3 blogs to update as I've started contributing over at The Refinery Magazine #dreamgig and TOP KNOT Events' blog 'knotty on top' is getting some scripting done by the very talented Brenny of Paperfelt and should be up soon(ish). 

Needless to say I've been hardcore cheating on Trev with my iPhone and I'm looking forward to being wifi-less for the next 3 days. This will be the third year the Knol family and the Zakoski family head to Halcyon Hot Springs for some pre-holiday relaxation and I think that makes it an official Christmas tradition, no?

The only downside to having no Internet connection for 72 hours, is no Netflix. Trev and I found a new Showtime series to obsess over, "Weeds". Is Mary-Louise Parker not ahh-dorable? I seriously can't get enough of that opening theme song either, "little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky..." (Malvina Reynolds was ahead of her time in '62).



told you SHE was talented. 

I insist you check out the clearance PAPERFELT Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day cards. At $2.67 a pop you can't go wrong.

Be back soon!

in my prime.

Sunday, December 8, 2013


3 days,
5300 square feet,
10 gallons of primer,
1 exhausted red head.

Here it is, my first official post as the 7th member of the Para Blog Crew.  

After 72 weeks of digging, pouring, framing, wiring, plumbing, drywalling... Casa Knol is double the size and thirsty for primer... or more specifically the Premium Latex Primer (5799) from PARA Paints.

I kicked off my painting party (for one) in the master bedroom before tackling the new main floor living space. On Thursday Saige and I spent the better part of our afternoon conquering my favourite "room", the attic and then my dad dropped by on the weekend to help "cut in" while I rolled the entire basement #phew. The only naked walls left in the house include our master bath and stairwell. Now I just need to get over my fear of heights and tint the en-suite primer - we're going with a deep charcoal - and then we'll be in the business of picking paint colours.  

*For the record I quickly traded in my hand roller for one of those extender pole doodads.
**Also I hate strongly dislike painting ceilings, just thought you should know.

I'm SO in love with the living space that opens onto our backyard. It looks so much bigger now - and brighter - thanks to it's new coat of PARA primer, yup just one coat provided all that coverage. I never realized how much I needed light until the back of our house was closed off for an entire winter (2012/13) and I felt like a depressed mushroom. The new 4-pane slider is making me insanely happy and I foresee a lot of laying in sunbeams in my future.

*please ignore our atrocious yard situation - it's on our summer project list, I promise. 

I went into Windsor Plywood - our Vernon PARA Paints dealer (a whopping 3 minute drive from my house) - and I couldn't tell who was more excited about my contest "win", Carey the PARA guy or me.

He hooked me up with some quality painting supplies and gave me some really good advice which I'll impart onto you in a monthly feature we'll call...



Now onto the fun but 'not-so-easy' task of picking paint colours, be prepared for some audience participation ;)

obsessions.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


There's much to be excited about these days and statement shirts are definitely one of them. I'm usually on time for things, but if I wasn't, you better believe I'd be all over this Dajana find and if I was more of a cat person I'd be owning the "you've gotta be kitten me right meow" tee for shizzle. 

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is fine but wearing your philosophy on your boobs? that's fashionista material.



ONE. one of the few French phrases I know by heart along with puis je aller aux toilettes s'il vous plait. have you seen the whistle & flute mommy & me sweatshirts? you'll die. Trev would kill me (as in torment me to death) if I tried being twinsies with the kidsies (although I may have nabbed Saige and I a pair of matching "heart & soul" shirts from Old Navy... I'm sorry but $8 for a cute sweatshirt is simply too reasonable to pass up).

TWO. I need to have this screen printed on a t-shirt A-SAP. Sarah gets full credit for finding this diamond in the rough quote. if you don't follow her on Pinterest, go join me and 7000+ screaming fans.

THREE. this shirt is as good as mine. you'll never guess the shop name... check it.

FOUR. I've been secretly stowing away purchases for Gabriel's constellation bedroom and I'm thinking this Pixel Paper Hearts print needs to become a shirt also. I mean the only thing better than a statement tee is a statement tee that's Canadian made and has stars on it. Me and "yellow" go way back.

confessions.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I should really be retyping the 25 page business plan that magically went missing off my MacBook but there are a few confessions I need to get off my chest first...

1. I purchased a box of Pirate cookies today, ate an entire row (or in Oprah's words "sleeve') and then stashed them in a non-food cupboard for "safe keeping". If you're not familiar with these discs of peanut butter goodness, good on ya cause I'm full on addicted. In my defence Shoppers Drug Mart was practically giving them away at $1.99/box and I was beyond starving. No one told me that starting my own business would result in some serious lbs being lost. Nervous anxiety doubles as an appetite suppressant, who knew?

2. I'm pretty certain we own more laundry baskets than the average 4 person household. At last count we had 9 and I'm embarrassed to say that all nine are stacked in my living room, brimming with clean clothes, waiting to be put away (going on 3 weeks now). I'm also embarrassed to say that the only reason it's all folded is because my mom and mom-in-law take pity on me when they come to the house to baby-sit.

3. So I'm at the library the other day and couldn't believe my luck when I happened upon this...
I know I'm a horrible human being for posting this on social media, but it was too good not to share. If you're seeing this Richard Simmons Jr. just know that my friends and I appreciate your dedication to staying fit. Ladies I'm thinking he may be single.

4. Apparently I give the impression that Trev and I have the perfect relationship. When a friend told me this the other day I almost peed from laughing so hard. Note to self: do a better job at describing married life with Mr. Knol. Once upon a time it did come easy but then we created 2 headstrong children, took on 1 massive renovation and decided to have 2 small businesses under one roof. The only thing holding us together some days is make up sex and a sense of humour. With that being said, I certainly wasn't laughing when he told me to "shut the f*ck up" last week over a failed bathroom fan install #truestory  (I think it's mildly funny now). Neither of us have time for divorce or want to share the kids over Christmas so we make it work. Sure I joke, but next time you think Trev-bob and I have our sh*t together think back to Coco Bongo 2011 *cue the shudder*


The prelude to our epic Mexican marital spat and a name that now belongs in the Trev & Sar hall-of-shame. Let's just say we went to the nightclub with good hair and good intentions, but somehow our 'VIP access' got lost in translation and we ended up leaving the building in one of those "it's not so funny now, but maybe we'll laugh about it later" sort of ways. A poor Spanish señor selling roses on the sidewalk got caught in our crossfire - maybe not our best moment under the sun, but at least it was memorable.

5. I've been so self-absorbed lately that I didn't even know about the devastation in the Philippines; well up until Facebook asked if I wanted to donate to the relief efforts that is. And I'm supposed to be raising the next generation?! Shame on me. Double shame on my local radio station for allowing me to be all caught up on the 'Rob Ford' scandal and Kelly Clarkson's pregnancy, but out to lunch on a fatal typhoon. I'm not a news anchor or anything but I'm pretty sure a natural disaster should trump a knocked up American Idol any day of the week, just sayin'.

Okay enough procrastination for one night Sara. How about you get on that business blog; have it up and running before brides start dropping like flies. I promise I'm super duper organized in my profesh life... anyone wanna vouch for me? please.

Oh and I'm linking up with my hot mess sister from the South...




merci buckets.

Friday, November 15, 2013


Have a moment? 

Me neither.

Since the launch, my inbox has exploded with emails, but before I go off and play entrepreneur, I need to pause for a moment and say...
Every day since August 6th I've received an email or a comment or an Instagram shout out from someone thanking me for being me an inspiration. Do you know how crazy that is? To be told my quarter life crisis has inspired some of you to start an Etsy shop, or design blog or photography businesses... tears.

every.single.time.


I may not have the time right now to thank each and everyone of you personally, but I want need you to know that your words of encouragement have given me the confidence I need to keep going. And guess what? Just as you predicted, amazing things are happening and I can't wait to share (hopefully soon).

For the record you are all awesome sauce amazeballs and my heart is 100% full because of it. Julie and Erinn - no words, just love.

That's all for now folks. Off to paint walls and plan weddings!!

* can you tell I've been spending waaaay too much time over here? I'm a total sucker for motivational messages, it's becoming a problem.


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